Greensboro Sit-Ins By: sam hallett

The Greensboro sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, which led to the Woolworth department store chain removing its policy of racial segregation in the Southern United. Segregation was still the norm across the southern United States in 1960. Early that year, a the protests sparked a sit-in movement that soon spread to college towns throughout the region.
The four young black men who staged the first sit-in in Greensboro were Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil. They were all students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College. They were influenced by the non-violent protest techniques practiced by Mohandas Gandhi, as well as an early “Freedom Ride” organized by the Congress for Racial Equality in 1947.
Many of the protesters were arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace, their actions made an immediate and lasting impact, forcing other establishments to change their segregationist policies. Over the next few years, however, the SNCC served as one of the leading forces in the civil rights movement which led to progress in the equality of equal rights. This left a lasting effect on today's world and the people in it because of the rights and laws they abolished and created.
A current issue that relates to the Greensboro Sit-Ins are the Dakota pipeline protests. The Dakota pipeline is located in the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota, and the protests have drawn international attention due to the reshaping of the Native American land. The protesters are fighting for the rights of the Native Americans and the right of the land like the protesters of the Greensboro Sit-Ins fought for their right of equality. They both have overcame obstacles and put their lives and rights on the line to fight for what they believe in. Staff. (2010). The Greensboro Sit-In. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from

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